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Hydro-Québec has announced partnerships with two Indigenous communities and a regional government in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region that will open the door to a C$9-billion wind farm, a first major step in the mammoth utility’s plan to triple its wind power capacity by 2035 and wean the province off fossil fuels.

The deal covers a 5,000-square-kilometre area known as the Chamouchouane zone. “The utility said the zone has the potential to host up to 3,000 megawatts of wind power capacity and several wind farms, which would make it one of the biggest wind power sites in North America,” the Globe and Mail reports.

The Chamouchouane development is part of a development strategy that aims to deploy 10,000 megawatts of installed wind power capacity by 2035, the Globe says. The project is expected to be the first of a handful of other mega-sized wind farms in the province, with la Haute-Côte-Nord and the Baie-James regions noted as possible locations for future deployments.